09/29/2019 at 11:44 •
So in a couple of weeks, we're off to Italy. We'll be visiting the Arduino development and manufacturing centers in Turin, visit the da Vinci Museum in Florence and finally spend four days in Rome for the MFR19.
That will also be the baptism of fire of our Flying Hacker Lab - a transportable maker space aimed at engaging people - and particularly educators - in hacking.
The fully deployed lab consists of six stations:
* a soldering workshop for soldering all kinds of stuff, including jewelry
* a robot assembly corner
* a 3D printing workshop
* a programming corner
* a robot Dark Side Challenge test track
* a hyggelig story-telling and drawing corner
Many thanks to our sponsors for supporting the trip and the Flying Hacker Lab:
07/03/2019 at 21:38 •
To celebrate that we made it to the finals of the Ultimate Arduino Challenge, we designed a Finalist badge that glows in the dark...
... the idea being to make it an actual Dark Side device for remote sensing/possibly acting.
06/13/2019 at 21:58 •
The Dark Side Probe is about using the Dark Side Challenge software stack to collect information in a remote area, with a particular attention to battery life & power consumption
The current version consists of an Arduino Pro Mini managing a SIM7000E GSM+GPS module.
We have simply added the SIM7000 functionality by reusing (refactoring) most of the existing ESP8266 code.
What we are still missing is:
* to find out how to make the SIM7000 enter sleep mode
* reduce the time it takes to get a GSM connection (currently takes >10 min). The target is a few seconds, as we would like to achieve a year-long battery life.
* get GPS information from the SIM7000, possibly using Assisted GPS
05/22/2019 at 18:22 •
... a group of children are evaluating how fun and educational their session with Dark Side Rover Icebot just was: left hand shows how fun (on a scale from 0-5), right hand shows how educational. Straight 10/10 !
Makeresses in the making!
Accomplished Dark Side Missions included "Under the bridge" and "Find the sandal"
05/16/2019 at 16:53 •
First rover (baptized Coquine) shipped to Norway, sponsored by the Ellehammer foundation.
Made by a 6-year old and her mother.
Now it is stuck in customs :( Should have labeled the package clearly. Learning as we go.
We decided to assemble it before shipping it, just to be sure that it works. Lucky we did that!
05/13/2019 at 13:20 •
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04/26/2019 at 23:25 •
Today we achieved a major milestone: the Minimum Viable Product!
04/02/2019 at 19:59 •
We have now augmented the project with a storytelling component. We have done it to address and inspire a wider population of kids. And because it's fun. And because it triggers the imagination in new ways.
The story line (or story tree?) is about astronaut and teacher Aė, her pupils and their adventures in space.
The first story is that they celebrate the semicentennial anniversary of the Moon landing.
03/29/2019 at 10:49 •
During yesterday's field test the younger kids controlled the rover.
It wasn't really dark side'ish as such in the sense we had constant visual contact with the rover.
The ESP8266 tends to lose connection to the access point, probably a power problem or a loose connection.